W&M Libraries Blog

January 15, 2019
Bursar's Book, 1761 (Office of the Bursar Records, UA 72)

Great news! The Office of the Bursar Records have been digitized and are available for researching, right from your computer.  Why is this significant, you ask?  The majority of W&M’s early historic records were destroyed by fires. The Bursar’s records are some of the earliest surviving records detailing the university’s history, dating from the 18th century. Of particular note are references to individuals enslaved by the institution, as well as references to the Brafferton Indian School. The collection includes reports,...

Previous Posts

Apr 2018

  • April 20, 2018
    Hi everyone! My name is Zihan Yang, most people know me as Carrie. I’m an international student from China and this is my third year at William & Mary (how time flies). Back home, I love to spend my free time at my high school’s library and the public library, so when I came to college, the first place I went to check out was the library. I immediately fell in love with our Swem library because it’s so beautiful and resourceful.
  • April 13, 2018
    I became William & Mary Libraries’ Science Librarian on December 25th, 2017. In my first four months of employment I’ve had several people (including my family members) ask me: “So what exactly does a science librarian do?” It’s a great question! As libraries are changing, librarians are changing with them. Even as I sit down today to write about my daily work life, I know that it might be a different story in a year.
  • Donuts for Doughboys
    April 11, 2018
    As an Exhibit Apprentice in Swem’s Special Collections, I had the opportunity to curate a World War I centennial exhibit.
  • April 4, 2018
    In my first two years at W&M, I rarely went to Swem. It was crowded and busy and stressful, and I preferred the coziness of my own room. But for the past year and a half, I have stepped into Swem hundreds of times, more than my freshman self could have possibly imagined.

Mar 2018

  • Merry and Bright
    March 28, 2018
    Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) was a British artist and illustrator, famous for his portrayal of dogs.
  • March 27, 2018
    William & Mary Libraries is proud to bring back the Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Tuesday, April 10 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during National Library Week.
  • Azana Carr
    March 26, 2018
    Hi, I’m Azana Carr, and I work as a student assistant for the W&M Libraries External Relations office.  The best way to describe my job is: “You know all the events, workshops, and therapy dogs that happen in Swem? We do that!”
  • March 16, 2018
    Our collection of artists’ books is ever-growing and teeming with innovative ways to redefine the traditional codex; the Old Stile Press is only a small introduction to the craftsmanship found hidden among our Special Collections.
  • March 9, 2018
    The Special Collections Research Center at Swem Library is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for travel grants! 
  • March 9, 2018
    Hi! My name is Grace and I’ve been working at the Swem Circulation desk for a little over a year now. If you come to Swem often enough you might know me as ‘the girl with the bangs.’ Even though it’s only been a year, I am here so often now some of the full-time Swem staff are convinced that I’ve been here forever!